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Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services
Welcome to Berry Street
|Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877. |
We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.
Our greatest challenges today are:
|Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment |
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any complaints.
|Education, Training & Employment|
|Foster & Kinship Care|
I Care 2 - Support Resources
'I care 2' is a training and support package for sons and daughters of foster carers. These children and young people are integrally involved in the fostering experience.
The program is designed to provide fun and interactive learning experiences and a safe space to explore their caring experience.
In building the capacity and resilience of these young people, we in turn build capacity of the broader caring system.
Become a Foster Carer - Open Your Heart And Home To A Child
Foster care is vital for young people who cannot live safely at home. However, Melbourne, Victoria is facing a foster care crisis. There are more foster carers leaving the care system than there are people applying to become foster carers and the need for carers is increasing.
We urgently need families like yours to provide emergency, respite, short and long term care for children and young people.
The Berry Street Childhood Institute presents a creative competition for young Australians
Competition opens 3 March and runs until 26 May 2014 Imaginate is a creative competition for young Australians aged 13 – 25.
Get involved. Express yourself and enter your artwork across 4 creative categories: Visual, Performance, Digital and Written.
For more information or to register check out www.imaginate.org.au or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org visit our website
News & Events
|Berry Street joins others to ask for help for families to meet school costs|
|Berry Street joined a "coalition of [other] charities and service providers ... to demand the State Government retain cash help for battler families to meet spiralling school costs... read more|
|Australia Day recognition for years of service to Forgotten Australians|
|Caroline Carroll, herself a Forgotten Australian, was recognised for more than 10 years of advocacy on behalf of, and service to, this group when she received an Order of Australia medal on Australia Day, 26 January. |
Forgotten Australians are those who were brought up in institutional or orphanage care from the 1930s to 1980s, many of whom had a harrowing experience... read more
|HEARTCORE project to launch with street art image in heart of CBD|
|In an Australian first, Berry Street and a street artist are collaborating to create a unique and heartfelt coffee-table book titled HEARTCORE, made up of creative writing and poetry from young people in the Berry Street School illustrated by photographs of street art images specially painted by renowned Victorian street and contemporary artist Kaff-eine. ... read more|